Last year started with me drifting somewhat, and so I signed up for two external stimulae: the first was A Letter A Week 2013.
I largely failed at that discipline, but I found that indeed the thinking did stimulate me, and I still have an ongoing project (in a layby at present) which partly grew out of that. I also learned again what I already really knew: that regular deadlines and my creativity just do not coincide!
The other stimulus was the Bookmark project. I have always loved bookmarks and over the years have amassed quite a collection. When on a strict budget, they are usually the item affordable in museum and gallery shops, and it is fun trying to match the bookmark to the book being read.
I also print my own bookmarks for friends from time to time. So this project fitted right in, and with it comes the bonus of receiving a whole bundle of other folks' bookmarks!
I have received my copies of this year's batch
which includes my own, and two of my favourites are by printmakers whose blogs I follow: Elizabeth Banfield and Jacqui Dodds. All the bookmarks in this current project: XII will be put online next month sometime (here is a link to project XI's participants and their bookmarks). The whole experience has been such a positive one for me that I've signed up again for the next bookmark project.